A Course in Christian Discipleship for Africa

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by William Mather

Alison Morgan

Revd Dr Alison Morgan

Stanley Hotay

Bishop Stanley Hotay


Kinga Gorak


Trevor Pearce

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Jonathan Rendall


Catherine Mwega


Clemency Fox







Who is involved in Rooted in Jesus?

The Rooted in Jesus Team

Rooted in Jesus was conceived in 2002 in conversation between Stanley Hotay of the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro, now the bishop of that diocese, and Roger & Alison Morgan of the church of Holy Trinity, Leicester. Edited and directed by Alison Morgan, Rooted in Jesus was initially run and supported from within Holy Trinity with help from the Diocese of Leicester, which is linked with the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro. In 2010 Rooted in Jesus was adopted as a project of ReSource, an Anglican charity based in Wells, Somerset, UK. Our patron is Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York.

The Revd Dr Alison Morgan is the International Director of Rooted in Jesus, and author of the various training materials which are used to introduce and support the programme. Alison has a PhD from Cambridge University and prior to her ordination in 1996 was a university lecturer. She worked for many years alongside her husband Roger in parish ministry, and has published various books and course materials. Best known for The Wild Gospel, her latest book is Following Jesus: The Plural of Disciple is Church.
The Rooted in Jesus UK Administrator is Kinga Gorak. Kinga joined the UK team in September 2015. Kinga has an MA in International Relations from Cracow University, and works four afternoons a week in the ReSource office in Wells. She is responsible for the day to day administration of Rooted in Jesus, and is the primary point of contact for enquiries.
Jonathan Rendall works primarily with Rooted in Jesus Junior, and provides a point of contact for Diocesan Coordinators. Formerly a head teacher and diocesan schools adviser, Jonathan was brought up in West Africa, spent a year working in Kenya, and has made numerous visits to Tanzania for head/teacher training and establishing school partnerships.
Rooted in Jesus prayer is coordinated by Clemency Fox. We know from both conviction and experience that prayer is the key to everything we do, and we take seriously our obligation to pray for Rooted in Jesus dioceses, leaders and conferences. We have a small team of intercessors who pray daily for the conferences as they take place, and we publish a regular prayer diary which is used more widely (to download it click the Prayer Diary tab in the left margin). Clemency is a committed and experienced intercessor, and we are grateful to her for the dedication she brings to this task.

Rooted in Jesus in Tanzania
Rooted in Jesus was first designed in partnership between Stanley Hotay, then Diocesan Missioner for the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro, and Roger and Alison Morgan. Stanley is now Bishop of the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro, and in January 2014 he became National Director for Rooted in Jesus in Tanzania. He is supported by two Regional Coordinators, Bishop James Almasi of Masasi and Canon Jacob Robert of Mara. Rooted in Jesus is supported in Tanzania by an Anglican Communion Fund grant.
The Rooted in Jesus Tanzania administrator is Catherine Mwega. Cate has a degree in accountancy and is a member of Christ Church cathedral in Arusha.

Rooted in Jesus in South Africa
In South Africa Rooted in Jesus is directed by Revd Trevor Pearce, Director of Growing the Church, working with Estelle Adams, the national coordinator, and Nicole Curtis, the RinJ Junior coordinator. Growing the Church is based in Cape Town.

Rooted in Jesus teams

Rooted in Jesus is introduced and supported by a growing number of experienced team leaders, all of whom have a track record of fruitful ministry in their own contexts.
Rooted in Jesus team leaders include (an asterisk denotes a RinJ Junior team leader):

  • Canon James Almasi, Diocese of Masasi, Tanzania
  • Revd Sonja Arnold, Associate minister, St Stephen's Twickenham
  • Canon Alan Bing, Rector of St Mary’s Ulverston
  • Ven Ian Bishop, Archdeacon of Macclesfield
  • Bishop Martin Breytenbach, Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist, South Africa
  • Revd Simon Brignall, Rector of the Wriggle valley benefice, Sherborne
  • Fr Mund Cargill-Thompson, Vicar of St Barnabas, Northolt Park
  • *Nicole Curtis, Growing the Church, South Africa
  • Revd Mike Cotterell, Vicar of St Paul’s Slough
  • Revd Martin Daly, Associate Minister, St Mary's Upton
  • Ven Mike Edson, former Archdeacon of Leicester and Warden of Lee Abbey
  • Revd Matthew Grayshon, Rector of St Mary’s Hanwell
  • Revd Tim Grew, Holy Trinity Cheltenham
  • Revd John Guest, Rector of St Margaret, Stanford-le-Hope
  • Bishop John Hayden, formerly Assistant bishop of the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro
    and now of the Diocese of Chester
  • Bishop Stanley Hotay, Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  • Revd Amanda Johnson, Vicar of St Mary’s Addiscombe
  • Revd Brian Keel, Pastor, New Life Christian Fellowship, Lincoln
  • Revd John Lee, Rector of St Paul’s York
  • Revd John McGinley, Vicar of Holy Trinity Leicester
  • Canon Edwin Mitchell, formerly Archdeacon of Ecclesfield and Vicar of St Saviour's Mortomley
  • Revd Dr Alison Morgan, Director, Rooted in Jesus
  • Revd Richard Morgan, Vicar of the Church of the Good Samaritan, Philadelphia
  • Canon Andrew Petit, Vicar of St Mary, Cholsey
  • Revd Derek Price, Rector of St Paul's, Barrow in Furness
  • Canon Jacob Robert, Diocese of Mara, Tanzania
  • Revd Trevor Pearce, Director, Growing the Church, South Africa
  • *Jonathan Rendall, formerly Dept of Education, Diocese of Worcester
  • Revd Geoff Read, CMD Adviser, Diocese of Chelmsford
  • Ven Kevin Roberts, Archdeacon of Carlisle
  • *Alex Scott, Associate Minister, Holy Trinity Leicester
  • Capt James Tumwesigwe, Diocese of Southern Rwenzori, Uganda
  • Revd Charles Unjiro, Moshi, Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Revd Helen Van Koevering, Diocese of Niassa, Mozambique
  • Jon Paul Witt, Dignity International

Rooted in Jesus teams also include experienced leaders from places where the course is in use:

  • Very Revd Elisha Academy, Diocese of Muyinga, Burundi
  • Ven Cornelius Chalwe, Diocese of Luapula, Zambia
  • Bishop Isaiah Chambala, Diocese of Kiteto, Tanzania
  • Revd Grace Daudi, Diocese of Mara, Tanzania
  • Revd Jacob Lihhima, Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  • Revd Meshack Manyaga, Diocese of Western Tanganyika, Tanzania
  • Canon Joseph Masimosya, Diocese of Masasi, Tanzania
  • Steve Muneza, Anglican Church of Burundi
  • Revd Obadiah Mushene, Diocese of Kajiado, Kenya
  • Canon Dunstan Mtoro, Diocese of Mpwapwa, Tanzania
  • Revd Martin Mlaka, Diocese of Southern Malawi
  • Lucy Mugwanja, Diocese of Kirinyaga, Kenya
  • Revd William Musisi, Diocese of S Rwenzori, Uganda
  • Revd Joshua Opondo, Church Army, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Revd Lukas Saidi, Diocese of Masasi, Tanzania
  • Revd Alfred Sichone, Diocese of Northern Zambia
  • Bertin Subi, Diocese of Katanga, DR Congo

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